Open Data sparks creative event

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A ‘vast’ amount of Sheffield City Council air quality data is being made available for the first time and it could lead to a business opportunity.

Entrepreneurs, developers, hacktivists and designers are among those being invited to an event to identify new uses for it.

The council has joined forces with social enterprise The Better with Data Society to launch Air Quality+, a project that will open up access to previously unseen information that could hold the key to the city’s environmental, social and economic challenges.

The project is calling for people with an interest in air quality and related issues, such as public health, transport and cycling, to help put the newly opened data to good use in a series of public co-design workshops.

Participants will identify uses for the data, which could range from proposals for changing public services to new software and apps.

Jag Goraya, director of the Better with Data Society, said: “Across the city, there’s actually a lot of data being collected about air pollution, as well as its causes and consequences.

“Pulling it together, making it accessible and usable for citizens and businesses - that’s essential to collectively understand the scale of challenge we face so we are able to work together to find sustainable solutions.”

The first takes place from 11am-4pm on Friday, January 23, at the Showroom, Paternoster Row, Sheffield.

Five artists have been commissioned to produce pieces inspired by the data.

Their artworks and insights aim to bring fresh perspectives to workshop participants,

A public launch is from 6pm-8pm that evening in the Showroom Cafe. Booking via Eventbrite is essential.